Arthur Ashe Essay Contest

Arthur Ashe was an American hero, fighting battles on and off the court. In his life, he broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming a three-time Grand Slam champion and the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Off the court, he was a social activist, taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and youth education. One of his many legacies is the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of youth-serving organizations that provides tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence.  SPUT is an award-winning NJTL chapter in MN!

As a National Junior Tennis & Learning Chapter, SPUT kids have an opportunity to compete in this national essay contest with local, sectional, and national award opportunities.  The top prize is a trip to Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open in New York City!

2014 Question:

Arthur Ashe once said: I don't want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments. That's no contribution to society. That [tennis] was purely selfish; that was for me.

Arthur Ashe used his time and skills to impact others - how have you used your time and skills learned through tennis and educational programming to impact the lives of those around you?

All essays must reach SPUT by June 25.  Entries can be mailed in,  turned into your coach, or dropped at the SPUT office. Click Here for an essay application with official rules and guidelines.

For additional details on this contest and the National Junior Tennis & Learning program, visit